Common Name(s): Soft maple
Species sold as Soft Maple: Red Maple, Silver Maple, Box Elder, Striped Maple, Bigleaf Maple
Growing Region: Temperate regions of North America
Janka Hardness: 700 to 950 lbf depending on species
Soft is a relative term and is only used to differentiate it from Hard Maple. For many applications, Soft Maple’s hardness is sufficient and its reduced density generally means it’s easier to work with and machine than Hard Maple.